Directed by: Mounia Meddour
Run time: 108 minutes
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A light shines through fundamentalist oppression
This is Algiers in the 90’s, and headstrong fashion student Nadjima (“Papicha” to her friends) doesn’t know that her life is about to change for ever.
Mounia Meddour’s semi-autobiograpical ‘Papicha’ follows the trials and tribulations of a group of determined young women as they come face to face with the forces of misogyny and religious extremism.Set in the 1990s during the Algerian Civil War, the film was sufficiently controversial to be denied a release in Algeria, although it was the official submission by Algeria to the 2020 Oscars. The film was selected for the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and won two French Césars.